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March Madness Reading Celebration 2020

 Peirce March Madness Reading Celebration 2020

  • The Peirce School March Madness Reading Celebration will begin on Friday, February 28 and run through Thursday, March 26. 
  • The kickoff will take place at our town meeting on February 25 where each classroom will be randomly assigned the name of an actual NCAA basketball team. 
  • Students will earn points for their team based on the number of minutes read daily at home during March Madness. 
  • Each student will log their daily reading onto the paper reading log and once a week will enter their TOTAL WEEKLY MINUTES read into an online database. This is to be done AT HOME every Thursday evening. To access the online database, go to and look under the “Peirce Pride, News and Special Events” section for March Madness. 
  • We will accept a maximum of 1,260 minutes per week/per child, which is an average of 3 hours per day. 
  • Students will hand in the paper copy of their reading log to their classroom teacher every Friday morning. They should begin to log their weekly minutes read into the online database on Thursday, March 5. Students should continue to log their weekly minutes read every Thursday evening up until Thursday, March 26. 
  • Team points earned will be tallied and recorded every week onto a graph in the main hallway. 
  • Books read in school are not eligible for points. 
  • Books read as part of nightly reading can be counted. (March Madness reading does not have to be in addition to regular home reading, although we hope students will be more inclined to read). 
  • There will be a separate point system for grades K-1 and for grades 2-5. 


Point System 


Read a book (or have it read to you in grades K-1) and record your daily minutes read onto the March Madness reading log. A weekly reading log will be sent home every Friday. Every Thursday evening, students (or parents of younger students) will transfer the total number of weekly minutes read into the online database. To access the online database, go to the Peirce School website and click on the March Madness link under “Peirce Pride, News and Special Events.” All March Madness information (rules and extra reading logs) will be available through this link. 

To make it fair for classes that have fewer students, we will base points on the class average for the week. For example, if Ms. Carey’s 5th grade class read 7260 minutes in one week, and there are 22 students in her class, we will divide 7260 by 22 to get an average of 330 minutes. Ms. Carey’s class would earn 110 points for that week. 

Grades K-1 - Every 15 minutes = 10 points 

Grades 2-5 - Every 30 minutes = 10 points 

Team Bonus Points 90% class participation = 20 points each week Complete the Team Research form (1 per class) = 10 points Decorate your bulletin board = 10 points 

If NCAA team makes it to Sweet 16 = 10 points If NCAA team makes it to Elite 8 = 20 points If NCAA teams makes it to Final 4 = 30 points